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Russell Malone: Triple Play (2010)

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Russell Malone: Triple Play Track review of "Sweet Georgia Peach"

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Guitarist Russell Malone
Russell Malone
Russell Malone
b.1963
guitar, electric
has found a durable and receptive home at MAXJAZZ, resulting in three fine recordings: Playground (2004); Live at Jazz Standard, Volume 1 (2006); and Live at Jazz Standard, Volume 2 (2006). He sports an elegant, unpretentious method and a shimmering, round and slightly velvety tone that compliments his considerable abilities. Triple Play is Malone's first trio recording, proving that the best jazz is created in small spaces.

Malone's grasp of the blues is beyond question. He addresses the great Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
1932 - 1975
arranger
's "Butch and Butch," from Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse!, 1961), with funky aplomb. But it is with Malone's own "Sweet Georgia Peach" that the guitarist puts his stamp firmly on the blues. The complex head is late '60s Hawaii Five-0/Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
b.1935
trumpet
The Adventures in Jazz Orchestra-vintage, commercial funk. Malone provides a thorough, seven-minute workout that is made orchestral by Montez Coleman's space-filling snare and bassist David Wong
David Wong
David Wong

bass
's elastic playing. The total package is for those who think Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
is too modern and Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
1916 - 1942
guitar, electric
is too oldfashioned.

Personnel: Russell Malone: guitar; David Wong: bass; Montez Coleman: drums.

Record Label: MAXJAZZ

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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